Manchester United’s players face a wage cut of 25% if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League, according to the Mirror.
Man United are currently fifth in the Premier League, six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
Winning the Europa League looked to be United’s best chance of qualifying for Europe’s elite competition but Louis van Gaal’s side were beaten 2-1 by FC Midtjylland on Thursday.
If United miss out, the squad’s basic salaries will be dramatically cut and the chances of lucrative bonuses would also be off the agenda.
The move was planned by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and chief executive David Gill three years ago, with fresh contracts strictly including the clause since the club finished seventh under David Moyes in 2014.
The majority of United’s squad have been subpar for a number of months and they deserved to be punished if the club does not qualify for the Champions League. Louis van Gaal, too, will no doubt face the axe, although he should have seen it already.